Associate Scientist, Analytical R&D, Microbiology

Employer
Pfizer
Location
Durham, North Carolina
Salary
Competitive
Closing date
Jan 21, 2022
  • Why Patients Need You

    Pfizer's purpose is to deliver breakthroughs that change patients' lives. Research and Development is at the heart of fulfilling Pfizer's purpose as we work to translate advanced science and technologies into the therapies and vaccines that matter most. Whether you are in the discovery sciences, ensuring drug safety and efficacy or supporting clinical trials, you will apply cutting edge design and process development capabilities to accelerate and bring the best in class medicines to patients around the world.

    What You Will Achieve

    As an Associate Scientist, you will will join the Analytical R&D Microbiology Strategy and Testing organization to enable development of gene therapy products in Durham, NC.
  • Will be responsible for applying GMP microbiological methods in the assessment of product quality and detection of impurities, including management of samples in LIMS.
  • Perform Environmental Monitoring (EM) of Drug Substance and Drug Product facilities.
  • The colleague is responsible for utilizing established microbiological methodologies to support GMP in-process, release, and stability testing of clinical supplies.
  • The individual is responsible for becoming proficient in aseptic lab techniques and facility gowning for EM, bioburden and LAL testing, and microbial identifications.
  • In addition, the qualified colleague is responsible for sample management activities, including tracking and shipping of samples and managing sample receipt and transfers in LIMS.
  • The colleague must work within corporate guidelines and must appropriately record, archive and report all data as this is a cGMP compliant laboratory.
  • The colleague must be able to interact effectively with peers and leaders as part of a multi-disciplinary team.
  • Must thrive in a fast-paced environment.


  • How You Will Achieve It
    • Exercise and build basic team effectiveness skills {e.g., commitment, feedback, consensus management) within the work group.
    • Prepare and review technical documents, including validation protocols and reports, analytical test procedures, investigation reports, and change controls.
    • Direct interaction with project team members, including presentation of data.
    • Complete all Good Laboratory Practice {part of GxP} and safety training in compliance with departmental requirements and follow appropriate safety practices in the workplace.
    • Perform various experiments for microbial method d evelopment/qualification/validation and characterization for biological therapeutics.
    • Perform and document drug substance or drug product related Microbiological activities.
    • Conduct all work according to appropriate Standard Operating Procedures' following Good Manufacturing Practices/Good Laboratory Practices (GMP/GLP) requirements and ensure integrity of all data generated and documented.
    • Independently analyze and provide conclusions regarding experimental data generated.
    • Plan and prioritize related recovery and purification activities.
    • Present problems and propose solutions in discussions with group members.


    Qualifications

    Must-Have
    • Bachelor's Degree in Microbiology, Biochemistry, Biology or related field with 0-2 years of experience
    • Effective oral and written communication skills.
    • Self-motivated and highly effective in a team-based environment.
    • Experience and/or understanding of Quality Systems in a Good Manufacturing Practices {also cGMP} environment.
    • Experience with laboratory data systems (LIMS).
    • Knowledge of drug development process for progression of biological incumbents.
    • Good documentation skills with high attention to detail, strong organizational skills, team oriented, effective interpersonal and communication skills.


    Nice-to-Have
    • Experience in quality control (QC) microbiological procedures.
    • Hands on experience or working knowledge of human pharmaceutical industry standards (FDA, ICH, USP) with respect to handling of analytical instruments and microbial assays.

    PHYSICAL/MENTAL REQUIREMENTS
  • Light infrequent lifting (up to 25 lbs), frequent standing, sitting, walking, bending.
  • Ability to perform mathematical calculations and complex data analysis, ability to operate technical equipment with fine motor skills.
  • Visualize bacterial and fungal colonies on agar plates and cultures and discern color differences.
  • Ability to operate a microscope, ability to operate computer and learn/navigate electronic laboratory notebook software.


  • NON-STANDARD WORK SCHEDULE, TRAVEL OR ENVIRONMENT REQUIREMENTS
  • Infrequent weekend and/or holiday work may be required.
  • Adherence to aseptic technique and safe work practices in a laboratory setting - including aseptic gowning for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to work nights, weekends or holidays as needed (non-routine).
  • Ability to travel when needed for meetings and training.
  • Adherence to aseptic gowning and laboratory hygiene standards and to work within a sterile environment.


Other Job details
  • Last Date to Apply: January 26th, 2022


Pfizer requires all U.S. new hires to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 prior to the first date of employment. As required by applicable law, Pfizer will consider requests for Reasonable Accommodations.

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